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Rescued this poor gal today

I answered a request from a friend and went to pick this girl up this morning. Her owner had passed away 4 weeks prior and she was discovered in the home by and insurance agent a week ago. How she survived for so long is unclear, she must have had food and water. It was heartbreaking. I had to take her to an emergency vet as I was unable to get to a normal vet on a Saturday afternoon.
She has a really nasty infection in her right eye and had multiple ticks in her ears. She smells incredibly bad and has stains half way up to her "wrist joints" on all four legs from standing in her waste.
We have a way to go, but she's such a sweet girl I'm happy to have her.
My 3 year old male is acting a bit "cool" to her so far. I'm a bit worried because he's naturally not aggressive but he's drooling a gallon whenever we pet her and he hasn't tried to engage her in play.
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I have no words of advice but just dropped in to say thank you for rescuing this sweet, sweet girl today. I can't imagine what she must have gone through, my heart breaks. But she's safe and happy now. Again, thank you for doing this. What is her name?
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Thank you for saving her. Don't force interactions. Let them take it at their own pace. Reward with treats when they are near each other and not reacting; positive association. I would keep toys up and feed separately


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Thank you for rescuing this dear girl. It seems like a miracle that she survived.

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She's Zoe. I forgot to mention that.
I'm trying to find out her previous owners name so I can call local vets and get a history if possible.
I hate to over vaccinate her if I can avoid it.
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Thank you for rescuing her! Poor baby what an ordeal for her.
Give her a kiss from me.
Keep us posted on her.


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Aw, what a sweet girl!
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I answered a request from a friend and went to pick this girl up this morning. Her owner had passed away 4 weeks prior and she was discovered in the home by and insurance agent a week ago. How she survived for so long is unclear, she must have had food and water. It was heartbreaking. I had to take her to an emergency vet as I was unable to get to a normal vet on a Saturday afternoon.
She has a really nasty infection in her right eye and had multiple ticks in her ears. She smells incredibly bad and has stains half way up to her "wrist joints" on all four legs from standing in her waste.
We have a way to go, but she's such a sweet girl I'm happy to have her.
My 3 year old male is acting a bit "cool" to her so far. I'm a bit worried because he's naturally not aggressive but he's drooling a gallon whenever we pet her and he hasn't tried to engage her in play.
Any advice welcomed.
You are a good human being. Thank you for rescuing her.
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Thank you for saving her. Don't force interactions. Let them take it at their own pace. Reward with treats when they are near each other and not reacting; positive association. I would keep toys up and feed separately


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Really excellent advice from a woman who knows what she is talking about. In addition to not forcing interactions between them you may also wish to keep them separated until they have had an opportunity to be in the same home together for a few days. When I have brought a new rescue into my home I have generally kept the new dog separated from the others by a baby gate. I usually have the new dog in the kitchen area (which works well as I have often gotten dogs which have not yet been house trained). You will want to provide each dog with a place that they can feel secure. Your original dog should be able to relax in his usual place without feeling as if he needs to guard it from Zoe. Make sure that Zoe also has her own space where she can feel secure and safe as well.
Continue to give your original dog attention. Zoe will not be hurt by this behavior as she doesn't know any better but lack of attention to your original dog could result in him feeling neglected which may result in aggression directed at Zoe.
Strange as this may sound do not play favorites. I have found that when I bring a new dog into my home I have a tendency to make excuses and give more attention to the new dog. Don't make this mistake. Hard as it may be enforce the rules equally and evenly.
It has been my experience that dogs will eventually accept a new family member. They are pack animals and they do have a tendency to sort things out in their own way. This does not mean that they will be best friends- they may or may not. I have brought many new rescues into my home over the years. I cannot think of any situation or dog which has failed to eventually fit into their new "pack". Some of them have taken longer than others but they all have eventually found their own place.
Thank you for rescuing Zoe. She is a lovely girl and she must have been through a very difficult time. I believe that with time she will be a wonderful member of your family. Good luck and best wishes.

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Zoe's beautiful, thank you for rescuing her.

I'm looking forward to hearing about her journey with you.
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